Character Analysis in Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre: The protagonist and eponymous character, Jane Eyre, narrates the story, and it is through her eyes that we understand the other characters. As was typical with Victorian novels, there are dozens of periphery characters but only a few central figures, all of whom are tied together by Edward Fairfax Rochester.
Mr. Rochester: Referred to primarily as Mr. Rochester, he is the novel’s unconventional hero, in the Byronic mold, and classic literature’s original tall, dark, and brooding love interest. He’s a mysterious figure, and as the novel progresses more of the secrets of his past are revealed. Themes of mental illness persist throughout the text, and the portrayal of mentally-ill characters highlights the stigma associated with mental disorders during this time.
Character Analysis Examples in Jane Eyre:
"It is thoughtless to condemn them or laugh at them if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex...." See in text (Chapter XII)
"you may help me a little yourself, if you will be so kind..." See in text (Chapter XII)
"and again my raiment underwent scrutiny..." See in text (Chapter XII)
"sitting still in a “too easy chair”..." See in text (Chapter XII)
"“Which are none, sir, to me. I love you better now, when I can really be useful to you, than I did in your state of proud independence, when you disdained every part but that of the giver and protector.”..." See in text (Chapter XXXVII)